If you want to go on a vacation filled with art, culture, and a rich history you can fully immerse yourself in, then the city of Perm should be at the top of your travel list. What better place to take in a performance than at the world-renowned Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre, or to witness more modern artistic works than at the PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art. The city also houses some of the most beautiful natural attractions you’ll ever come across like the breathtaking Ural mountain range or the picturesque flow of the Kama River. Perm truly offers a vacation destination that will change your outlook on life with every step you take.
Spanning over a thousand miles, the Kama River is one of the longest tributaries of the Volga River. It starts at the Udmurt Republic and flows through the rural areas of Kuliga and Loyno before reaching Perm and onward. The river is dammed at several locations, including Perm, where you will be able to see the Kama Reservoir formed by the Kama Hydroelectric Station. The reservoir, which is also popularly known as the Perm Reservoir, was built in the mid-1950s and was originally created for transportation, energy, and water supply purposes. Today, visitors mostly head there to walk along the river embankment and take in the stunning sights that surround them.
2.Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre
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The Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre was inaugurated on November 24th, 1870 and has since then developed a name for itself as one of the major musical centers of its time. As one of the oldest theatres in the country, it is also home to several significant events, competitions, and performances in addition to housing one of the most popular ballet troupes in all of Russia. During your visit to the theatre, you’ll find yourself immersed in history and culture - after all, it has launched several internationally famed artists such as Monica Loughman and Svetlana Smirnova. Many opera premiers such as Lolita and Edison Denisov’s The Foam of Days also occurred on the stage of the Tchaikovsky Opera. Whether you choose to take in a show or to just visit and explore the amazing building, you’ll be glad you visited the theatre during your trip.
Address: Petropavlovskaya Ulitsa, 25?, Perm, Perm Krai, Russia, 614045, Phone: +7-34-22-12-30-87
3.International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana
The Flahertiana Festival is the brainchild of a number of prominent, award-winning filmmakers who wanted to give focus to documentaries unveiling the truth about the Soviet Union and the everyday people who lived during that time. This topic has never been given much attention by documentary filmmakers prior, and the method of filming used which was introduced by American filmmaker Robert Flaherty, includes long-term follow-up and would have the main character live a part of his life on screen. Named after the filmmaker whose method inspired them, Festival Flahertiana soon grew from a small theoretic workshop to an international documentary film festival.
4.International Diaghilev Festival
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Having grown up in Perm, Serge Diaghilev grew up to be a world-famous impresario and the founder of Ballet Russes. He launched the Diaghilev Festival in 2003 as a way of supporting and further developing the artistic traditions of his school. The festival exploded upon its initiation and is now a unique creative cultural phenomenon in Russia. The program includes everything from world premieres of ballet and opera performances and contemporary dance performances to chamber concerts, film retrospectives, and art and photo exhibitions. It is an artistic adventure to say the least and should definitely be one of your stops while Perm.
Address: 25a, Petropavlovskaya street, Perm, Russia, Phone: +7-34-22-12-42-53
5.Memorial Complex of Political Repressions
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Founded in 1994 by the State of Russia, the Memorial Complex of Political Repressions is a non-profit organization/ museum which takes visitors on a journey through Russia’s rich cultural and historical past. You’ll see interesting exhibitions and rare artifacts which will grasp the interest of both young and adult visitors. One of their most popular exhibits is a reproduction of the living and working chambers used in a special regime precinct; these unique prison cells contained dangerous state criminals and are an interesting sight to see. Be sure to also stop by the “Prohibited Literature in the USSR” exposition which has genuine copies of books and periodicals which were prohibited at the time.
Address: 618243, Perm region, Chusovoy district, Verhnee Kalino, Kuchino, Phone: +7-91-28-80-99-30 or +7-99-22-04-45-10
6.Permyak Salty Ears
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For generations, the people of Perm earned their livelihood from the salt mining industry which thrived in the area. There were several jobs, but one that was most popular with both men and women was that of a salt porter. A salt porter would have to carry bags of salt on his or her shoulders from the barns to the barges. After a while, the constant exposure to the salt would make the skin of a porter’s ears become raw and red. A nickname for people with inflamed ears was soon formed - Permyak salty ears - and the nickname eventually spread to all of the residents of Perm. Today, visitors can see a monument commemorating the unique nickname right in the heart of the city. The monument comprises an empty frame with large ears so that people can stick their head in for a fun photo and includes the figure of a photographer as well.
7.PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art
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Over the years, the city of Perm has gained a reputation of being a cultural epicenter for the arts. It has a rich history with the opera, ballet, contemporary dance, and many other artforms. The PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art opened in 2009 and has since then given focus to newly introduced works by modern artists skilled in various forms. In addition to their extensive permanent exhibitions, they also have visiting exhibitions, festivals, concerts, performances, workshops, lectures, and artist talks. The building itself is a wonderful work of art as the museum is housed in a renovated former tram depot.
Address: Bul'var Gagarina, 24, Perm, Perm Krai, Russia, 614070, Phone: +7-34-22-54-35-73
8.The Ural Mountains
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Most of the northwestern segment of the Ural Mountains can be found in the Russian city of Perm. The mountains, which run from the Arctic Ocean to Kazakhstan serve somewhat as a boundary between Asia and Europe. The entire range, including what you’ll come across in Perm, is filled with rich resources such as coal, metal ores, and precious and semi-precious stones. Popular activities you can partake in include hiking, biking, swimming, and even fishing in some of the designated areas. No matter what you choose to do, be sure to take in the stunning flora and fauna that resides there.
Located on the ground floor of the Hilton Garden Inn in Perm, the KARIN restaurant is open to hotel guests as well as visitors 24 hours a day. The restaurant has an elegant, yet cozy, atmosphere complete with oversized sofas, warm lights, glass chandeliers, and a clean-cut table setting. Their menu has an extensive selection of traditional Russian dishes, local favorites, intercontinental cuisine, as well as an exquisite wine list. Their fixed-rate breakfast buffet is a popular choice as it gives you the opportunity to feast on an array of items, local and international, and is sure to please the palate of everyone you’re dining with.
Address: Ulitsa Mira, 45?, Perm, Perm Krai, Russia, 614036, Phone: +7-34-22-27-67-90
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A cozy and warm dining establishment, Gastroport offers patrons a variety of authentic European and Japanese cuisine. The dining area is fitted with large windows that look out to panoramic views of the Kama shore; if you’d rather, book a table during one of their weekly jazz concerts to take in the soothing sounds of local artists as you dine. The popular restaurant is regarded as an urban cultural space and is perfect for a get-together with friends, family, coworkers, or even a pleasant meal alone. Popular dishes include the spicy chicken wings with icing, the traditional borsch, a baked young chicken, or their mouthwatering grilled trout fillet.
Address: Ulitsa Reshetnikovskiy Spusk, 1, Perm, Perm Krai, Russia, 614045, Phone: +7-34-22-01-80-80
After a tiring day of work or sightseeing even, there’s no better place to kick up your feet and relax than at Khutorok. The hard-working and professional staff go out of their way to ensure you have a positive and pleasant experience - everything from the people who work there to the food and beer that is served is of the highest quality. The interior decor makes you feel as if you’re at home while the food will make you reminisce of meals you’ve had around the family table. Be sure to try popular items from their menu such as the fried cheese, the borsch, and the varying meat kebabs.
Address: Lenina, 60, Perm 614000, Russia, Phone: +7-34-22-57-60-61
11 Best Things to Do in Perm, Russia
- Kama River, Photo: bisonov/stock.adobe.com
- Perm Tchaikovsky Opera and Ballet Theatre, Photo: Andrey Shevchenko/stock.adobe.com
- International Documentary Film Festival Flahertiana, Photo: doomu/stock.adobe.com
- International Diaghilev Festival, Photo: Will Howe/stock.adobe.com
- Memorial Complex of Political Repressions, Photo: Memorial Complex of Political Repressions
- Permyak Salty Ears, Photo: Andrey Shevchenko/stock.adobe.com
- PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art, Photo: PERMM Museum of Contemporary Art
- The Ural Mountains, Photo: Vitaliy Kaplin/stock.adobe.com
- KARIN, Photo: KARIN
- Gastroport, Photo: eskstock/stock.adobe.com
- Khutorok, Photo: pop_thailand/stock.adobe.com
- Cover Photo: nikitamaykov/stock.adobe.com